Korean Consul General Gheewhan Kim was invited to give a special presentation at University of Connecticut on Tuesday, April 19 th . He spoke as a panelist at the special forum titled "New North Korea Policy. Dr. Sung-yoon Lee from Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University was another panelist, while Dr. Alexis Dudden, professor of history, from University of Connecticut moderated the forum.
Issues such as recent defections of North Koreans, sanctions imposed on North Korea by international community, and the Korea-US alliance and their global partnership to secure peace in the region were discussed. He emphasized, “Going forward, bilateral and multilateral sanctions must be thoroughly enforced, so that North Korea realizes it cannot ensure its own survival unless it abandons its nuclear ambitions.”
Dr. Lee elaborated on the unique situation of North Korea and argued that the real challenge to the recent sanctions was sustaining pressure on North Korea. He noted that North Korea issue until now has been unsuccessful because the international community gave aid packages to North Korea even in the cases of clear provocations. While discussing recent sanctions imposed on North Korea, Dr. Lee stressed the importance of sustained commitment, particularly by China, to enforce strong sanctions that would also place heavy financial disincentives on third-party entities doing business with North Korea.
The event was organized by Dr. Dudden. Over 100 students and professors attended the lecture and participated in the discussion.
This event is featured as a part of “A Korea in New York,” as it aligns with the purpose of the initiative by the Korean Consulate.
“A Korea in New York” is our collective slogan for 2016 that encompasses our aims to promote Korean contents to the communities in New York and the surrounding areas. We want to proactively share these elements in a way that best contributes and gives back to our neighboring communities as well as the entire US.
“A Korea in New York” means:
1. Promoting ONE IMAGE of Korea through partnerships.
2. BRINGING KOREA CLOSER to New Yorkers and beyond by vitalizing Korean culture in the United States, facilitating community cooperation, and creating shared values.
3. Sharing an AUTHENTIC, YET CREATIVE Korea, maintaining tradition while embracing new creative fields; creation of a set of best practices to be used and spread globally.